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Apple unveils 7th generation iPad

Apple’s 7th generation iPad is perfect for everyone

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Aside from the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple also unveiled a refresh to its iPad line. The new 7th generation iPad packs a larger display, a slightly powerful processor, and a refreshed design incorporating the Smart connector for accessories.

iPad 7th Gen Specs

The new iPad packs a larger display measuring 10.2 inch. It’s an LCD Retina display with a 2160 x 1620 resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut support. As such, the new iPad enables a more immersive viewing experience — perfect for streaming Apple TV+ or Netflix shows.

Along with an immersive viewing experience, the new iPad also packs a slightly more powerful processor in the form of A10 Fusion chip. This three-year old chip first debuted in the iPhone 7, but its performance should still hold up against the competition.

And for the first time ever, the new iPad incorporates a Smart connector. Apple’s proprietary Smart connector is used for connecting its Folio keyboard, so users can use it like a compact laptop. The 1st generation Apple Pencil is also supported, which is great for users who rely on sketch or note-taking apps for their workflow.

Elsewhere, the new iPad retains the Touch ID for authentication. It also has slightly outdated cameras, with an 8MP camera on the rear and a measly 1.2MP camera on the front.

Apple is also touting the new iPad’s battery life, claiming that it can lasts up to 10 hours. However, battery life may vary depending on its usage.

Last but not the least, Apple is also touting that its new iPad being made from 100% recycled aluminum. This is not the first Apple device made from recycled aluminum, as Apple claims that its Macbook Air is also made from recycled aluminum.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing starts at US$329 for the 32GB model. Meanwhile, the 128GB model starts at US$429. It is now available to pre-order in US, with more markets to follow later.

The new iPad is a decent tablet at an affordable price due to its larger display and a slightly improved processor. It is also the perfect choice for those buying an iPad that don’t need the powerful performance of the iPad Pro but also don’t want the small screen of the iPad Mini. However, those who don’t mind buying an Android tablet can snag a more affordable tablet with the likes of Samsung Galaxy Tab A and the Huawei MediaPad M5.

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Google is working on a snoring, coughing detector

Might show up for the Pixel first

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Snoring can be a curse for you and the people you sleep with. Unfortunately, outside of anecdotal evidence, it’s hard to pinpoint how bad snoring can get. Some devices have developed features to detect and measure snoring. Google, joining other companies with the feature, is reportedly developing snore and cough detection for the Pixel.

First reported by 9to5Google, Google Health Studies added a new study exclusive for Google employees. The study specifically revolves around collecting audio during sleep. Google also explains that the study will eventually help Android build features that can help users fix their sleep quality.

According to the source, the upcoming detector will be a “bedside feature” that will measure nocturnal snoring and coughing. However, despite recording audio, it still promises to have the user’s privacy in mind. It’s expected that the feature will drop for the Pixel first before moving on to other Android devices.

Snoring detection isn’t new, of course. In fact, Google is already familiar with the feature, since Fitbit, a company that Google owns, offers the feature for some of its smartwatches. In Fitbit’s case, the feature contributes to the wearable’s entire suite of wellness tracking.

However, it’s a double-edged sword. While the feature can be helpful, it’s also a massive battery drain, since it requires the device’s power the entire night. Hopefully, battery efficiency is a focus in Google’s eventual take on the feature.

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PSVR2 is launching with over 20 major games

Horizon VR game still headlines

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Samsung had a lot to say during its latest investors meeting. Besides unveiling its general plans for the future, the company also teased the devices that are coming in the near future. For a while now, that future lineup includes the PSVR2. If you were thinking of buying the virtual reality wearable for yourself, Sony has good news for you. The PSVR2 will have over 20 major titles on launch.

Naturally, if you buy a pricey piece of hardware, you usually want it to come with a good set of ways to use it. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case with new gaming devices. For example, the PlayStation 5, despite being out for almost two years, still doesn’t have the most expansive lineup of games that every gamer must play.

Thankfully, the PSVR2 won’t follow in the same, sparse footsteps of the gaming console. According to the meeting (via Video Games Chronicle), the wearable will launch with over 20 first- and third-party games. The headliner is still Call of the Mountain set in the Horizon universe, of course. Unfortunately, the presentation didn’t reveal any other games in the lineup.

If anything, virtual reality gaming has been growing for a while now. In recent history, the market has seen notable titles like Half-Life: Alyx and Beat Saber.

After facing a potential delay, the PSVR2 is expected to launch sometime next year.

SEE ALSO: PSVR2 might be delayed to next year, report says

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Foldable Pixel reportedly delayed to next year

Google isn’t happy

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For years, Samsung has been the most dominant force in the foldables market. Though other brands, especially Chinese ones, have brought their own devices to the table, Samsung’s lineup of foldables are undeniably strong, flaws and all. That said, other giants are working on their own entrants. However, it will take a lot longer before the crowd really fills up. According to reports, Google has postponed its own foldable Pixel for next year.

Reported by TheElec, Google has reportedly decided to delay the first foldable Pixel. The company was supposedly unhappy with the current iteration of its prototypes. The next target launch window is next spring. Notably, the device, which has been in development since last year, is sourcing its screen from Samsung Display.

Currently, not much is known about the foldable device yet. Previous reports have speculated on a 7.57-inch main screen (and a 5.78-inch screen when folded), though. A more recent one has also dropped “Pixel Notepad” as a potential name for the device.

Regardless of the status of its foldable Pixel, Google is enjoying a lot of success with its new lineup of smartphones. Last year, the Pixel 6 series refreshed the company’s slate of devices, bringing new hype for the company. This year, Google is continuing that trend with the Pixel 6a and the upcoming Pixel 7 series.

SEE ALSO: Upcoming Google foldable might be called Pixel Notepad

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